Family Cooking

Winter Recipes

Although the cold weather and shorter days can make the winter months drag, wholesome and mouth-watering meals can help keep the whole family happy. After all, winter recipes can be brilliant for your mood, your body and your diet because they’re packed with nutrients and vegetables.

With any sort of range cooker, it’s easy to rustle up hearty and warming meals that the whole family will love. In fact, the only problem you’re likely to encounter is narrowing down your options. From delicious stews to hearty roasts and filling pies, we’ve flipped through our recipe books and found the perfect winter dinner ideas for you

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With this in mind, here are three of our favourite winter dinner ideas that will keep the whole family warm and cosy this winter.

Hearty beef and vegetable casserole

This traditional braised stew is perfect for warming your body and your soul after a winter walk. It’s also one of the easiest winter recipes to make. Just do your prep and let your range cooker do the hard work.

Hearty beef and vegetable casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 celery sticks, thickly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, halved lengthways and chunkily sliced
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 beef stock cubes, crumbled
  • 850g stewing beef, cut into large chunks

Method

  1. Boil the kettle and preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan assisted/Gas Mark 3.
  2. Put the celery sticks, chopped onion, sliced carrots, bay leaves and sprig of thyme in a flameproof casserole dish with the butter and vegetable oil.
  3. Soften everything on the hob for 10 minutes and then stir in the plain flour. Once the flour is incorporated, add the tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and crumbled beef stock cubes.
  4. Gradually stir in 600ml of hot water and then add the stewing beef before bringing the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  5. Cover the mixture and place it in your range cooker for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Then, uncover the mixture and put it back in for another 30 minutes, or until the meat is really tender and the sauce is thick.

Bangers and mash with onion gravy

Some of the best winter dinner recipes are quick and easy to make. We think this recipe for bangers and mash is innovative, simple and delicious. It’s perfect for when you need to feed the kids quickly but still want to serve a tasty treat.

Bangers and mash with onion gravy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 8 pork sausages
  • Small knob of butter
  • 3 small onions, finely sliced
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 400ml beef stock made with 1 stock shot or cube
  • 1 kg King Edward potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 50g cold butter, diced

Method

  1. Heat your oven to 200°C/180°C fan assisted/Gas Mark 6. Then, heat the sunflower oil in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the sausages and turn regularly for 8-10 minutes before transferring them to a plate.
  3. Put the pan back on the heat with the butter. When the butter has melted, add the onions, thyme sprig, bay leaf and sugar. Stir until everything is incorporated and then put the sausages on top along with any juices from the plate.
  4. Roast everything for 20 minutes, turning the sausages halfway through.
  5. While the sausages are in the oven, make your mash. Place your potatoes in cold salted water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat and leave the potatoes to simmer for 10-12 minutes. Once cooked, drain in a colander.
  6. Return your pan to the heat with the milk. Once the milk is simmering, pass the potatoes through a ricer into the milk and mash thoroughly using a wooden spoon. When all the potato has been added and mashed, beat in the butter. Then, keep the mixture warm.
  7. When your sausages are cooked, remove them from the oven and keep them warm.
  8. Keep your onion mixture in the pan and allow it to sizzle for a couple of minutes on the hob. Then, stir in the flour, splash in the vinegar and pour in the red wine, soy and stock. You’ll then need to let the mixture reduce for 4 minutes.
  9. Tip your gravy into a gravy bowl and serve with the mash and sausages.

Creamy black dhal with crispy onions

This vegetarian favourite is super-satisfying and packed full of iron and fibre. Plus, it can be served with any accompaniment you like.

Creamy black dhal with crispy onions

Ingredients

  • 250g black urid beans or yellow split peas
  • 100g butter or ghee
  • 2 large white onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder (optional)
  • Small bunch coriander, stalks finely chopped, leaves reserved to serve
  • 400g passata
  • 1 fat red chilli, pierced a few times with the tip of a sharp knife
  • 50ml double cream

Method

  1. Soak the beans in cold water for 4 hours (or overnight if you prefer)
  2. Melt the butter or ghee in a large pan, then add the onions, garlic and ginger, and cook slowly for 10-15 minutes. Once the onions are starting to caramelise, stir in the spices, coriander stalks and 100ml of water.
  3. Once combined, add the passata and your whole red chilli. Then, drain the beans and add them with 400ml of fresh water. Season well and then cover and cook for 2 hours over a very low heat.
  4. Add the cream and serve with your favourite accompaniment and the coriander leaves.

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